Having fun in Ireland long ago

After a hard day's work on the farm, Irish people liked to gather together in someone's house to have some craic, music and dancing.

Sometimes there was no musical instrument available to play for the dancers.

People would make music with their voices so that the dancing could continue.  This was called "ceol na bpus", or "an phortaireacht", or "dideling".

Many people were really good at this and everyone wanted them to do it. 

Then people thought up of words to go with the dance tune.

"Tairse 'bhaile, 'Mháirín Ó" is one of these tunes. It could be sung over and over again for as long as the dancers needed music to finish their dance. 

The singers could keep the steady beat all the time. This was important as the dancers would get mixed up if they didn't. 

Tairse ‘bhaile, ‘Mháirín ÓArtist Name
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Tairse 'bhaile, 'Mhárín Ó 

Tá dhá bhóín bhainne 'gam,

Tá dhá bhóín bhainne 'gam,

Tá dhá bhóín bhainne 'gam, 

Is tarbh láidir groí

Loinneog: (Refrain)

Tairse 'bhaile 'Mháirín ó,

Tairse 'bhaile 'Mháirín ó,

Tairse 'bhaile 'Mháirín ó,

A chailín óg mo chroí.

Tá dhá chaora 's uan agam,

Tá dhá chaora 's uan agam,

Tá dhá chaora 's uan agam,

Is reithe lena dtaoibh

Tá dhá ghabhar 's meannán agam,

Tá dhá ghabhar 's meannán agam,

Tá dhá ghabhar 's meannán agam,

Is pocán ceannann buí.

Tá dhá chearc 's coileach agam,

Tá dhá chearc 's coileach agam,

Tá dhá chearc 's coileach agam,

Is cearc le ligean síos.

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